Sole Power Sticks to the Stand in King’s Stand Stakes
Sole Power surged home with a powerful run on the stands side rail to win the 2013 King’s Stand Stakes at the Royal Ascot Festival.
South African sprinter Shea Shea looked as though he had the race won when he surged to the lead but Sole Power came from a long way back to steal a famous victory on the line.
Jockey Johnny Murtagh timed his run to perfection and said his affinity with the Kyllachy gelding made all the difference.
“I get on well with him and I know what he likes,” Murtagh said.
“He’s got a great turn of foot and is very willing.”
The victory was Murtagh’s fortieth triumph at the famous meeting and he was clearly delighted to have his name up in lights on racing’s biggest stage.
“Forty winners at Royal Ascot, I’m really proud of it,” Murtagh said.
“As a jockey this is where you want to be performing, it makes the Mondays and the Fridays a lot easier when you come to a meeting like this and ride great horses for good people.”
Shea Shea was game in defeat and trainer Mike de Kock said he was very proud of his effort.
“He was beaten by a pretty decent horse and I think he acquitted himself well but things didn’t go exactly as we wanted them and in a race like that a head here and a neck there can make all the difference,” de Kock said.
Shea Shea is still a chance to run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday but de Kock admitted that was now unlikely.
“I’ll see how he pulls out in the morning but my hunch is that he won’t run on Saturday,” de Kock said.
“We’ll try to make a decision in the morning.”
David Barron-trained Pearl Secret rounded out the placing’s with fancied runners Reckless Abandon and Shamexpress finishing in fifth and ninth respectively.
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